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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | March 25, 2019

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2019 Spring Training

Indians Add Miller to Aid Injured Infield

March 24, 2019 |

With Francisco Lindor on the injured list to start the year and the status of Jason Kipnis still pending (but also expected to involve an injured list trip), the Cleveland Indians added some infield depth on Sunday afternoon, signing veteran Brad Miller to a one-year Major League contract.

Miller opted out of his deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday after being informed that he would not make the club. He was in the lineup for the Indians on Sunday, getting in work at second base. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 4 – Bradley Zimmer

March 24, 2019 |

In less than a week, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 4 days

Bradley Zimmer, resident number four on the Cleveland Indians roster, suffered the worst kind of sophomore slump in his second season with the Tribe a year ago.

At the age of 25, the former 2014 first round pick made the roster and slotted in as the team’s center fielder, but he got off to a rough start. Through his first eight games, he was hitting just .154 with more than a strikeout per every other trip to the plate (14 in 27 plate appearances), but the modest six-game hitting streak that followed boosted his average 123 points. Over his next ten games, he would get just five hits (with his strikeout rate improving slightly with 12 Ks in 29 plate appearances) and his average for the month settled in at the .240 mark. Read More

Tribe Names Kluber Opening Day Starter

March 23, 2019 |

The Cleveland Indians ended speculation on Saturday when they announced that Corey Kluber will be the Opening Day starter of the 2019 season next Thursday in Minneapolis.

This will mark Kluber’s fifth straight Opening Day start, barring no surprises by the time the Indians do battle with the Twins. Read More

Injuries Altering Indians’ Opening Day Roster Outlook

March 23, 2019 |

For the most part, the Cleveland Indians have survived Cactus League play with a minimal number of injuries. But there have been a few that have changed manager Terry Francona‘s roster construction for next Thursday when the team opens play in Minnesota against the Twins.

The most notable of the bunch was the biggest loss as the Indians settled in to Goodyear, Arizona, for their month and a half stay in the desert in mid-February. The moderate right calf injury suffered by three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor before arriving to camp left many wondering if the 25-year-old would be ready within the seven- to nine-week time table expected for his injury. While there were plenty on the social media landscape calling for Lindor to take it slowly and ease into the season, the young superstar returned to action in minor league camp but has yet to play in an official Cactus League game for Cleveland. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 5

March 23, 2019 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night’s countdown to Major League Baseball’s Opening Day has reached five. All 30 teams will return to the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the final days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 5 days

Number five on our countdown is one of the handful of players honored in Indians history with a retired number. He was a man who held two very distinct titles during his tenure in Cleveland and several more nicknames for good measure. Whether you called him “Old Shufflefoot”, “Handsome Lou”, “Boy Wonder”, “The Good Kid”, or skipper, Lou Boudreau was one thing in the end – a Hall of Famer.

The Indians honored Boudreau on August 5th last season with a statue outside of Progressive Field, where he was immortalized alongside former teammates Bob Feller and Larry Doby, legendary slugger Jim Thome, and fellow former player-manager Frank Robinson, who was recognized earlier in the year. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 6

March 22, 2019 |

In less than a week, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 6 days

After two and a half years with the Indians, Brandon Guyer’s time in the number six in Cleveland came to a close at the end of October when his contract option was declined for the 2019 season. The bad news continued on Friday, when he was granted his release from the Chicago White Sox after being informed that he would not break camp with the big league club.

Guyer did not have a good showing in the spring with the Sox, going 5-for-23 (.217) with eight strikeouts in 28 total plate appearances. As he is prone to do, he did manage to get plunked by three pitches. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 7

March 21, 2019 |

One week from today, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 7 days

The number seven has appeared in some pretty big moments in Tribe history, including during some big playoff series for the club. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 8

March 20, 2019 |

Baseball fans are now just single digits away from the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 8 days

Life after Lonnie began for the Cleveland Indians this offseason as Lonnie Chisenhall signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates for $2.75 million early in the free agency period.

Chisenhall’s deal finally made him a member of the Pirates, the club that selected him in the eleventh round of the 2006 draft out of high school. Chisenhall instead took the college path to the pro game two years later. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 9

March 19, 2019 |

Baseball fans are now just single digits away from the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 9 days

The current wearer of the number nine for the Cleveland Indians, outfielder Brandon Barnes, received disappointing news on Monday when he was informed that he will not be on the 25-man roster for the club to open the season.

Back with the organization for a second season, Barnes was hoping to latch on to a spot in the wide open mix in one of the two vacancies in the corner outfield positions with the team. Returning on a minor league contract with a spring invite for the second straight year, Barnes got a cup of coffee with the Tribe last September when rosters expanded after spending the majority of the campaign with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 10

March 18, 2019 |

While snow was falling again in northeast Ohio, sports fans moved another day closer to the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our crawl to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 10 days

Jake Bauers will have some big shoes to fill this year as he attempts to replace some of the production that left town in the trade that brought him to the Cleveland Indians.

The left-handed hitting first baseman and outfield option made his Major League debut a season ago with the Tampa Bay Rays. The 23-year-old, who played first, left, and right for Tampa in his 96 games, struggled with the strikeout and hit for a low average just one tick above the Mendoza line, but a good walk rate and some significant flashes of pop give the youngster an intriguing upside. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 11 – Jose Ramirez

March 17, 2019 |

Baseball fans around the globe can rejoice – there are less than two weeks to go until the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season schedule. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 11 days

An MVP worthy first half did not continue during the second half of the season for third baseman Jose Ramirez last year, but it should take nothing away from what was an impressive effort.

It was a year of personal bests for Ramirez, who replicated the successes of his impressive 2017 season by earning his second straight starting nod at third base for the American League team in the Midsummer Classic before winning a second Silver Slugger Award and finishing third again in the Most Valuable Player voting. A dramatic second half decline heavily impacted the MVP results. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 12 – Francisco Lindor

March 16, 2019 |

Baseball fans around the globe can rejoice – there are less than two weeks to go until the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season schedule. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 12 days

Before players could even comfortably settle into their Arizona homes for the spring, the Cleveland Indians received some unpleasant news at their Goodyear camp when it was announced that a right calf strain would sideline three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor for a seven- to nine-week period, putting his status for Opening Day up in the air.

Getting Lindor back in time for the start of the season, after he injured the calf preparing for the coming year, is far less important than making sure that he is in good health at the end of the campaign for the club’s presumed fourth straight postseason under manager Terry Francona. So while the team has used caution with one of the more significant players on the roster, Lindor is champing at the bit to return to the field, working his way back slowly this week through inclusion in some activities on the minor league side of camp (where he hit a home run in a game against the Cincinnati Reds). Read More